Another case has been put on the chopping block. I’ve built in it, had a play with and seen what it can handle. Let’s see what I thought about it.
To kick it off let’s start with the design as this was my favourite aspect of the Node 804 overall. The design and built quality of the Node 804 is superb and will offer users plenty of options whether novice builder or professional modder. The very modular design of the Node 804 allows users to easily take it apart, customize it and leaves room for a host of features to come as standard. There is room for 2x either 3.5″ or 2.5″ hard drives in the front, or even one of each. If this is not your thing there are two hard drive cages in the back that can take up to 4x 3.5″ hard drive each to keep them out of the way.
Fans and cooling a concern you say? Not to worry, the Fractal Design Node 804 has you more than covered. It comes with 3x pre-installed fans as standard but there is plenty enough room to add some more of your own if you want. Looking for some water cooling support? Well the Node 804 has room for 4x 240mm radiators which should be more than enough for any hardware users will be installing inside it.There is room for two of the radiators to be mounted in the front and two more into the top of the case giving users plenty of layout options to get them exactly where they want.
In terms of performance I was surely not let down at all. The Node 804 comes with 3x fans pre-installed as standard which offer a decent amount of airflow to help and keeps thing inside cool. This is also where the dual chamber design comes into play a bit, having the PSU and hard drives in the second chamber not only relieves some of the heat from those components it also helps with the airflow as there is less in the way of the fans. With my test system installed airflow was not a problem at all and if it was, there is plenty enough room to mount a couple more fans to add a helping hand in bringing the temperature down a bit.
In terms of value, the node 804 offers a lot for the money. While it may not be a budget value case, you are certainly getting your money’s worth from it. For the price of £75 you are getting a very modular m-ITX/m-ATX case that offers great support for air and water cooling and also gives users plenty of room for hard drives. If you don’t plan on installing too many hard drives then you can easily remove the two cages in the back chamber which will allow more room for whatever you deem necessary, further adding to the value in my opinion.
When it comes down to it, if you are looking for an m-ITX/m-ATX case the Node 804 is an excellent option that is jam packed with features for novices and enthusiasts alike. If the Node 804 fits the budget you will have a hard time finding a case of the same form factor that will offers as many features as it does, a great purchase in my eyes.
I would like to thank Fractal design for sending the Node 804 in for review and look forward to seeing more from them in the future.
– Modular design
– Great functionality
– Decent Air/Water cooling support
– Plenty of room for hard drives
– Dual chamber design
– Not designed for full size ATX motherboards
– Some users may not approve of it only having support for a slimline optical drive
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